HMAS Norman (G49)

HMAS Norman
HMAS Norman at sea
Builder:John I. Thornycroft & Company
Laid down:27 July 1939
Launched:30 October 1940
Commissioned:29 September 1941
Decommissioned:October 1945
  • Cedere Nescio
  • I Know Not How To Yield
Honours and
Fate:Broken up for scrap
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type:N-class destroyer
Length:356 ft 6 in (108.7 m) (o/a)
Beam:35 ft 9 in (10.9 m)
Draught:12 ft 6 in (3.8 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion:2 Shafts; 2 steam turbines
Speed:36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range:5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:

HMAS Norman (G49/D16) was an N-class destroyer operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War II. Entering service in 1941, the ship was on loan from the Royal Navy.

Early in her career, Norman participated in Operation Vigorous and the Madagascar campaign, but spent most of the time between 1942 and the start of 1945 on uneventful patrols of the Indian Ocean. In January 1945, the destroyer was involved in the Burma campaign, before being transferred from the British Eastern Fleet to the British Pacific Fleet. During April and May, Norman was involved in the Battle of Okinawa, but then spent the rest of World War II as the duty destroyer at Manus Island.

Norman was returned to the Royal Navy in October 1945. The ship was not reactivated, and was broken up for scrap in 1958.

Design and construction

The N-class destroyer had a displacement of 1,773 tons at standard load, and 2,550 tons at full load.[1] Norman was 356 feet 6 inches (108.66 m) long overall and 229 feet 6 inches (69.95 m) long between perpendiculars, had a beam of 35 feet 8 inches (10.87 m), and a maximum draught of 16 feet 4 inches (4.98 m).[1] Propulsion was provided by Admiralty 3-drum boilers connected to Parsons geared steam turbines, which provided 40,000 shaft horsepower to the ship's two propellers.[1] Norman was capable of reaching 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph).[1] The ship's company consisted of 226 officers and sailors.[1]

The ship's armament consisted of six 4.7-inch QF Mark XII guns in three twin mounts, a single 4-inch QF Mark V gun, a 2-pounder 4-barrel Pom Pom, four 0.5-inch machine guns, four 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns, four .303 Lewis machine guns, two Pentad torpedo launcher tube sets (with 10 torpedoes carried), two depth-charge throwers and one depth-charge chute (with 45 charges carried).[1] The 4-inch gun was removed later in Norman's career.[1]

The destroyer was laid down by John I. Thornycroft & Company at Southampton, England on 27 July 1939.[1] She was launched on 30 October 1940.[1] Norman was commissioned into the RAN on 29 September 1941; although operated as an Australian warship, the vessel remained the property of the Royal Navy.[1] The ship takes her name from the Normans, with her ship's badge depicting a Norman warrior's helmet.[1] She was the only N-class destroyer to be given a motto: "Cedere Nescio" or "I Know Not How To Yield".[2] Construction cost 402,939 pounds.[1]

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